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Son of St. Lucie police official pleads guilty in deadly DUI crash

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Ryan Luke Hester, the 20 year old son of St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Brian Hester, pleaded guilty Thursday to DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide stemming from the death of a 32 year old mother early last year.

He will serve four years in prison and his drivers license will be permanently revoked.

On February 7 of 2021, Hester, then 19, drank over a dozen mimosas during a Super Bowl party at a Fort Pierce bar before getting behind the wheel of his Ford F-150 pickup truck.

He was driving twice the speed limit when he collided head-on with 32 year old Claudia Trewyn Bradley on Indian River Drive.

Bradley, a mother, was extracted from her Nissan Altima and was later pronounced dead at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.

His blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was .13, nearly twice the legal limit.

The family of Claudia Bradley may take legal action against the On the Edge Bar & Grill, the establishment that served the underage Hester alcohol before the crash occurred.

Chief Deputy Hester issued a statement on Facebook at the time of the incident: